What does Piston mean?..

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  1. Outkastah

    Outkastah Pianissimo User

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    I just got my Orch music and one of the songs I have Tromba 1, and Piston 1 parts... I see tromba a lot and I think it means Trumpet, but I have not yet seen Piston before, what does it mean?

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    Jusitn
     
  2. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

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    Cornet.
     
  3. Outkastah

    Outkastah Pianissimo User

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    Ahh cool, thank you!
     
  4. Dupac

    Dupac Fortissimo User

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    In French, at its begining, it was named "cornet à pistons", i.e. "cornet with valves", to distinguish it from the natural horns. But players used to shorten the name into "piston" ! Nowadays we say only "cornet"... as everybody in the world.
     
  5. Outkastah

    Outkastah Pianissimo User

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    Ahh so its french?
     
  6. Dupac

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    Yes, "piston" is a French word. But "tromba" is Italian !
     

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